At 77, I still write, but for a narrowly defined audience - folks who care about how state policy affects the 850 public school districts in Illinois. I've been a journalist since 1970. For a limited period (1984-1988) I was a lobbyist, but I have been "clean" for more than two decades now. I've consulted on referendum projects, facilitated strategic planning processes and advised organizations on crisis management situations. I also provided media relations services within the state of Illinois for a U.S. senator, the late Sen. Paul Simon, during his last term in office.